A short eight minute walk from my house in Astoria sits one of the most diverse interesting collection of street art and graffiti murals in New York City. If you think Queens is only famous for 5Points, think again. This 24/7 street-level gallery and public art experience named after the neighborhood, "Welling Court," is located at Welling Court, Queens in the Astoria/Long Island City neighborhood. This giant gem of street art, murals and graffiti is now in it's big 4th year, beginning in 2009 as a group called Ad Hoc (www.adhoc.org) was asked to help the area spruce up the neighborhood.In May 2010 they assembled a spectacular crew of legendary and emerging street artists spanning more that 50 years of works from over 90 countries. Four years later, the Welling Court Mural project is not to be missed as it's growing bigger and more celebratory including not just amazing art from all over the world, but a giant block party of art enthusiasts, cuisine from ethnically diverse hosts, beverages and DJ's and music.
The group of New York City based and world wide artists promises to be just as huge and diverse as years past. Some random iphone photos from last years completed murals are below....
Artists have included and may include in 2013: Abe Lincoln, Jr., Aiko, Alison Buxton, Billy Mode, Brian Life, Caleb Neelon, Cekis, Celso, Cern, Christopher Cardinale, Chris Mendoza, Chris RWK, Chris Stain, Clown Soldier, Col Wallnuts, CR, Cycle, Dan Witz, Dennis McNett, Don Leicht, El Kamino, Ellis Gallagher, Feral, Free5, Fumero, Gaia, Garrison Buxton, Gilf!, Greg Lamarche, Hellbent, Ian Kuali’I, Icy & Sot, Joe Iurato, John Breiner, John Fekner, Katie Yamasaki, Kenny Scharf, Kimyon Huggins, Lady Pink, Lmnop, LogikOne, M-City, Mare139, Maya Hayuk, Mensen, Mike Fitzimmons, Mr. Kiji, Never, ND’A, Olek, Pablo Power, Queen Andrea, R. Nicholas Kuszyk, Rene Gagnon, ROA, Royal Kingbee, Royce Bannon, Rubin, Russell King, Ryan Seslow, SeeOne, Sheryo, Sinned, Skewville, Sonni, SpazeCraft, Subtexture, Steven Cogle, Thundercut, TooFly, Veng RWK, Vera Times, Vexta, Wane COD, The Yok, Zam & more.
This years mega event will take place on Saturday, June 15, 2013 located a ten minute walk off the Astoria Blvd. stop via the N,Q trains. See you there!
(Google Welling Court, Astoria for a map and many sites with even more details.)